Months ago, when I heard about Penn State, I was alarmed and ready to fire. I wanted the world to know about Jerry Sandusky, especially after his interviews because he reeked sexual predator to everyone in the free world.
In preparation for the month of April, I want to encourage you to think about the little boy. Just as everyone has taken hours out of their study time, family time, and other priorities to form and participate in the Million Hoodie March in honor of the injustice of Trayvon Martin, and rightfully so, what will we do about the Sandusky victims?
Will we pledge our allegiance to the football team, or Joe Paterno who coincidentally died recently? I wrote a blog questioning Tyler Perry’s Open Letter to the young man because I feared that it would create unrealistic pressure in a very sensitive situation.
Part of the appeal to the Trayvon Martin following is that he has a face, and an article of clothing, that can be used to change the perception of African-Americans, his hoodie. I am in no-way discrediting the efforts of millions of people around the world who are lobbying for justice on Trayvon Martin’s behalf. In fact, I had the rare pleasure of meeting Trayvon’s parents the other night at a Politico Game Changers 365 event where they held a CNN press conference. Al Sharpton, Trayvon’s parents and his lawyer spoke.
We do not have pictures of the young man who was raped by Sandusky, and thank goodness for that. This young man has to live with what was done to him. He has been tremendously brave, prompting other victims to come forward in other states. Jerry Sandusky is facing approximately fifty counts of some form of child sexual abuse including rape of a minor.
These charges include ten victims over fifteen years. His companions Joe Paterno and the President of the University have been fired. Where is the justice for these children? It is not in the people around Sandusky who are more famous than he, it is in the man himself.
Sixty-Eight does not only represent Sandusky’s age, it means that he has more victims than have come forward. Please understand that he did not wake up fifteen years ago and decide to change his career without telling anyone. So much focus is put on everyone but the rapist himself. When I share Ten Ways To Safeguard Your Child From Sexual Abuse, I talk about Predators, what they look for and what they look like.
Today, (March 22nd, 2012) I learned that Jerry Sandusky has requested to have all charges dismissed. His next trial date is June 5, 2012. He is citing that he feels that some of the charges are ambiguous and that the statute of limitations have run out for other cases.
One of the challenges for victims of child sexual abuse is that when they are strong enough emotionally to relive the horror of violation that they have experienced, it is too late. There are some people lobbying to change the law concerning the statute of limitations for this very reason.
In a blog that I wrote, Taking the Stand, I give a personal account of my concerns of getting on the stand, and my feelings associated with getting off of the stand and leaving out of the same door with a man who tortured me. It was not easy to write, or re-read for errors.
This boy may not have a face, but there are many; one in four female, and one in six male. For the month of April, minimally we can celebrate the heroism in choosing to live beyond your abuse. While the thought of living can sometimes be unbearable because of the severity of abuse and unlikelihood of recovery, there are people who have become victorious. In other words, they did not survive the pain alone, they have chosen to live life and to do so with sound mind, and healed spirits. Life is a choice, Ladies and Gentlemen. Sometimes that choice is harder than others, but it is a choice.
I can think of one hundred and twenty four billion reasons that we should walk to remember the many cases of child sexual abuse that leaves people psychologically impaired or physically expired. Instead, I do not want to wait until a death to celebrate life. I do not want the young man who spoke out against Jerry Sandusky to feel as many others, that their stories are impalpable or vain.
Instead, give me the next thirty days with you. This is our campaign to raise awareness and to notify predators that we are being educated and sophisticated with their behavior. Yes, they should fear choosing victims, especially one related to you. Join us.
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- Who are Child Sexual Abuse Predators? (ressurrection.wordpress.com)